The 6th Annual Saipan Chamber of Commerce/Steven Brownstein Golf Classic crowned new champions in three divisions last Saturday at the Laolao Bay Golf Resort.
In the Low Gross division, which Ralph Yumul and Mike Sablan topped in 2012, Park Joung Hoon and Jason Yi shot a 62 to take the top spot this year, beating 50 other pairs. The Park and Yi tandem carded a 29 on the front nine and 33 on the back for a two-stroke lead over runners-up and last year’s low net third finisher J.J. Atalig and Joey Dela Cruz, which logged a 66.
Dela Cruz and Atalig were tied with father and son Adam and Sean Lee, but the latter settled for third place after losing in the playoff hole. Dela Cruz and Atalig had 33s on both nines, while the Lees registered a 34 in the first nine hole and 32 in the last nine of the two-man team tournament.
In the men’s Low Net double peoria event, Geon Gu Lee and Shi Feng Jin posted a close victory over Joseph Muna and Paul Miura. Lee and Jin recorded a net 69.80 against the 70 of Miura and Muna. The new Low Net champions (Nick Sablan and Rick Kautz won last year’s category) had a 32 and 33 on the front and back nines and -4.80 handicap for a gross 65. Miura and Muna sported a 6 handicap and posted a 39 in the first nine holes and 37 in the last for a gross 76.
Rounding out the Top 3 in the men’s Low Net are father and son Roy and Martin Ada. The Adas had a -1.20 handicap and gross 69 after tallying a 35 and 34 on the front and back nines, respectively.
In the women’s Low Net, Shiori Onoue and Jeon Me Ae had a 69 to prevail against six other pairs. The winning duo shot a 32 on the front nine and 37 on the back, recording a 0 handicap. Mio Kim and Sun Sook Kim, who had a 4.80 handicap, came in at second after tallying a gross 70.20, built from their 38 in the first nine holes and 37 in the last. Yugo Togawa and Jung Yoon Kim completed the Top 3 after earning a net 71.40. Togawa and Yoon Kim recorded a 36 and 33 on the front and back nines, respectively and had a -2.40 handicap. Lorraine Babauta and Sherlyn Jones won last year’s Ladies flight.
The Top 3 finishers in each category received cash prizes with $1,000 going to the champions, $600 to the runners-up, and $400 to the third finishers.
Besides the division champions, organizers also recognized closest to the pin and longest drive winners. Ben Lizama won the KP contest on hole No. 13 and took home $600, Park Jang Han received a Samsung package for winning on hole No. 7, and Lee Gun Ju swept hole Nos. 13 and 17 to pocket the Docomo/Pacifica Insurance Samsung package and a Delta Air Lines roundtrip ticket to the U.S. mainland. Manny Mangarero earned $600 for prevailing in the longest drive contest on hole No. 2 of Laolao’s west course.
Saipan Chamber of Commerce president Alex Sablan turned over the cash prizes to the winners and was assisted by executive director Richard Pierce.
Over 100 golfers participated in the SCC golf tournament that aimed to raise funds for the Chamber’s annual college scholarship awards and Sablan acknowledged all the players, volunteers, and sponsors for ensuring the success of the fundraiser.
“Without a doubt, this is the most successful golf tournament we’ve held to date. Thanks to our many SCC member sponsors, the 125 participants, and spectacular weather that no one expected, the Chamber will easily raise over $10,000 to go towards our college scholarship program,” Sablan said in a press statement.
Meanwhile, SCC would like to thank the following tournament sponsors: Steven Brownstein (contributed $6,000 to the tournament and college fund) and Bank of Hawaii, Triple J Motors, Takagi and Associates Insurance, AON/Century Insurance and JoeTen Motors, which contributed hole-in-one prizes, and Docomo Pacific, IT&E, Delta Air Lines and SCC, which contributed KP prizes.
Hole sponsors AC Pacific LLC, Chong’s Corporation, CTSI, D&Q Saipan, DFS Galleria, Ernst & Young, First Hawaiian Bank, Godfather’s Bar and Grill, Island Training Solutions, IT&E, Micronesian Environmental Services, MITA Travel, Pacific Island Club Hotel, Pacific Marine Services, TakeCare Insurance, Triple B Forwarders, Hertz, Docomo Pacific, Bridge Capital, McDonalds, and United Airlines, drink stations Transpacific Group of Companies, MARPAC, and Godfathers, and DFS Galleria, Pacific Marine Services, Delta Air Lines, Fiesta Hotel, Hyatt Regency Saipan, PIC, Golds Gym, Pacific Trading Company, Triple J Enterprises, 360 Revolving Restaurant, Yaong Corporation, MARPAC, Scoops Ice Cream, McDonalds, IP&E, Pacifica Insurance, J&P Golf Academy, and Lao Lao Bay Golf Resort, which donated raffle prizes.